Date: 9th August 2019 at 11:00am
Written by: Mark Day

Well, I suppose it could have been busier.

The Blues had a relatively quiet last couple of hours in the transfer window, with the biggest news of the day being Isaac Vassell’s move to Cardiff City.

But before deadline day, you’ve got to get through the other 99% of the window. So how did City do this summer? Well I’m about to tell you. Spanish seemed to be the order of the window, as the club announced plenty of players from La Liga clubs, including the likes of Moha Ramos, Alvaro Gimenez and Agustin Medina.

The best bit of business: This is going to sound like it’s the obvious choice, but if I’m being brutally honest there is only one choice, at least there is in my mind anyway. It’s Ivan Sunjic and it’s not even close. I said when they were first linked with him that I thought this was going to be a move that could ‘rocket Birmingham up the league’ and although he’s only made one substitute appearance so far this season, there is a lot of potential that is waiting to be unleashed.

The worst bit of business: This is going to sound weird, but I think the worst bit of business was the signing of Moha Ramos. Not because I don’t think he’s a good player, but predominantly because of the confusion that it creates around the position, as I’ve talked about before. Whilst this could all be cleared up with players either moving to lower leagues or abroad (because their windows close much later), until I see a much more straight forward hierarchy between the sticks, I’m going to be slightly sceptical about how it was all handled.

On a secondary note, unless there’s some free agent floating around that Pep Clotet has been keeping under wraps for the past couple of weeks, I do think that the lack of forwards is a bit of a concern for me.

Overall: I consider it a successful window. The star signings are obviously the standout names and have added some real class to the side. Not only that, but the contract extensions for the likes of Harlee Dean, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Maxime Colin are excellent signs of intent that Clotet wants to keep the core of this squad together.

It was always going to be hard to keep hold of Che Adams after the season he had, but the signings that the club have made, even if they aren’t in his position will more than makeup for the disappointment of losing him in my mind.

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